Law Schools

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    Law Schools, Violence

    Top Law School Closed Today Due To Threat Of Violence

    Looks like law students at one T14 school are getting an extra day of vacation… except it isn’t for a reason anyone would wish.

    49 Comments / / Nov 30, 2015 at 11:07 AM
  • The latest recruit to join Dentons' army of lawyers.

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 11.30.15

    * While you were feasting upon turkey this Thanksgiving, Dentons — otherwise known as the largest Biglaw behemoth in the world — was busy gobbling up yet another law firm. The megafirm will combine with 33-lawyer OPF Partners out of Luxembourg. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * According to a survey from AlixPartners, over the past 12 months, GCs have reported more “bet the company” lawsuits compared to last year. Don’t get too excited, though, because growth in litigation spend hasn’t quite caught up yet. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * You really can do anything with a law degree — including things that have absolutely nothing to do with the law! Patrick Hobbs, dean emeritus of Seton Hall Law, has been tapped to become the athletics director at Rutgers University. [NJ Advance Media]

    * What would happen if one of the largest publicly traded plaintiffs firms in the world went under? Ever since its stock price plummeted by 52 percent, industry analysts have started to wonder whether Slater & Gordon is on the verge of collapse. [ABC News]

    * In the wake of the defacement of black faculty portraits and the administration’s apparent “ongoing failure” to address racism on campus, Harvard Law alumni are being asked to stop making donations to the school until changes are made. [Boston Globe]

    * One of 92-year-old Sumner Redstone’s exes filed a probate suit questioning his mental competence and ability to run Viacom and CBS. His attorney from entertainment law powerhouse Loeb & Loeb essentially called her client’s ex a gold digger. [CNBC]

    48 Comments / / Nov 30, 2015 at 9:04 AM
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    American Bar Association / ABA, Bar Exams, Law Schools

    The ABA Must Enforce Its Non-Exploitation Standard

    If the ABA waits too long to act, we will end up with yet another group of students in 2016 being set up to fail.

    11 Comments / / Nov 25, 2015 at 2:39 PM
  • Judge Richard Posner

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 11.25.15

    * Judge Richard Posner of the Seventh Circuit completely obliterated a Wisconsin law that required doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Posner said any health benefits conferred by the law were “nonexistent.” [Reuters]

    * Judge Richard Sullivan (S.D.N.Y.) wasn’t a fan of the Bank of China essentially telling Gucci to “suck it up” when it came to “ridiculous” delays in providing counterfeiters’ records, so he held the bank in contempt and is considering assessing millions of dollars in fines. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * A Pennsylvania attorney activist who launched the “Kane is not Able” campaign has asked the state’s highest court to provide clarification on how AG Kathleen Kane should delegate her duties considering the fact she has a suspended law license. []

    * A proposed class-action suit has been filed against fashion company Kate Spade over its alleged “imaginary discount prices.” If this goes the way of the $4.88M Michael Kors settlement over the same issue, then Kate Spade could be in trouble. [Consumerist]

    * “Talk about being uprooted!” Vendors who sell wares outside of Brooklyn Law are pissed about the school’s plans to install planters on the sidewalks around the building, thereby kicking the vendors not to the curb, but out onto the street. [Brooklyn Paper]

    29 Comments / / Nov 25, 2015 at 8:58 AM
  • David Perla LF Bloomberg BNA

    Bloomberg, Job Searches, Law Schools, Technology

    How To Start A (Career) Revolution

    For those with an appetite for risk, there is limitless potential within the practice of law, according to columnist David Perla.

    / Nov 24, 2015 at 2:01 PM
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    Bar Exams, Law Schools

    Law Schools Are To Blame For Dizzying Drops In Bar Exam Passage Rates

    How could bar exam passage rates possibly remain the same when law schools have loosened their admissions criteria?

    21 Comments / / Nov 24, 2015 at 1:02 PM
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    Law Professors, Law Schools

    Law Prof Sues Law School Over Admissions Data

    What would cause a law professor to sue the school he’s working for?

    51 Comments / / Nov 23, 2015 at 3:15 PM
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    Law Professors, Law Schools

    Amid Stark Enrollment Decline, Law School Offers Buyouts To All Tenured Faculty

    Which law school may soon have fewer tenured professors?

    32 Comments / / Nov 23, 2015 at 12:37 PM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 11.23.15

    * Will it ever be easier to meet the challenge of proving you’ve got an undue hardship so you can discharge your law school student loan debts in bankruptcy? Your fate may rest in the hands of this indebted Florida Coastal Law grad and his petition for certiorari at the Supreme Court. [US Law Week Blog / Bloomberg]

    * Hate crimes still happen, even at this prestigious law school: Amid increased racial turbulence on campus, the Harvard University Police Department is now investigating the defacing of black law professors’ portraits as a hate crime. [ABC News]

    * UVA Law recently joined the minority of law schools that have women serving as dean. Pop your collars with pride, because legal historian Risa Goluboff will take over as the school’s first female dean this July. Congratulations! [Richmond Times-Dispatch]

    * Gordon Rees has settled its lawsuit against Alex Rodriguez over the baseball player’s outstanding legal bills, totaling more than $380,000. The terms of the deal haven’t been disclosed, but we have a feeling that the firm hit it out of the park. [NBC New York]

    * Try before you buy or a bid to increase tourism? Alaska is making bold moves now that it’s legalized marijuana for recreational use. It’ll be the first state to allow the social use of the drug “in public,” i.e., inside pot dispensaries that have yet to open. [Cannabist]

    48 Comments / / Nov 23, 2015 at 8:54 AM
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    Bar Exams, Law Schools

    Stats Of The Week: New York State Bar Exam Results By School

    A school-by-school look at the latest grim New York State bar passage rates.

    19 Comments / / Nov 20, 2015 at 4:14 PM
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    Bar Exams, Law Schools

    Law School Reveals How Poorly Graduates With Low GPAs Fared On July 2015 Bar Exam

    Which law school released information on these disappointing results, and how does it plan to help struggling students?

    54 Comments / / Nov 20, 2015 at 12:30 PM
  • Jared Fogle (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 11.20.15

    * Jared Fogle, Subway’s former spokesman, pleaded guilty to federal charges related to sex with minors and child pornography, and was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison. His creative defense? Losing weight on the Subway diet made him choose to erm… “eat fresh.” Yuck. [Washington Post]

    * Biglaw firms have been announcing their new partnership classes over the past few weeks, and it goes without saying that the vast majority of new partners attended highly ranked law schools. Take a wild guess at which school was the most represented. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * Per the latest report from the NALP, women and African-Americans continue to falter in their career progress at Biglaw firms. James Leipold says it’s “troubling” that the numbers are “reversing course.” We couldn’t agree more. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * UnitedHealth recently announced that it expects to suffer in terms of its insurance sales under the Affordable Care Act, and has gone so far as to threaten that it may pull out of the exchange. Here are five things you need to know about that. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * One of the members of Survivor filed a copyright infringement suit against Mike Huckabee’s presidential campaign after the song “Eye of the Tiger” was played during a rally held for Kentucky clerk Kim Davis. Now it’s stuck in your head. Welcome! [Reuters]

    39 Comments / / Nov 20, 2015 at 8:58 AM
  • Alan Dershowitz

    Law Schools

    Alan Dershowitz Loses His Sh*t Over Student Protestors

    Dershowitz comes across like a crotchety old man (probs true) who’d rather these pesky kids get off his lawn than have to adjust the way he has always conceived of the world.

    38 Comments / / Nov 19, 2015 at 5:56 PM
  • Black tape at Harvard Law School.

    Law Schools, Racism

    I Don’t Care About The ‘Hate’ Crime At Harvard Law School, And Neither Should You

    It’s not a hate crime, it’s a troll, there’s gotta be a difference.

    0 Comments / / Nov 19, 2015 at 2:04 PM
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    Bar Exams

    One Law School’s Biggest Bar Exam Bust — Ever?

    Is this law school in danger of losing accreditation?

    58 Comments / / Nov 19, 2015 at 12:59 PM
  • Justice Elena Kagan

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 11.19.15

    * Earlier this week, Justice Elena Kagan went back to the law school she used to call her home to discuss statutory interpretation. It seems the former Harvard Law School dean fancies herself a “textualist” these days, just like her hunting buddy. Gee, thanks for that, Justice Scalia. [Harvard Crimson]

    * A recent graduate of Appalachian School of Law with an affinity for criminal law has been accused of murder after shooting his uncle’s girlfriend in the chest and killing her. He waived his preliminary hearing, and the charges he’s facing will now go straight to a grand jury. [WV MetroNews]

    * As Election 2016 inches closer, Biglaw firms are beginning to show their political stripes. Paul Weiss is holding a big old fundraiser for Hillary Clinton tonight. Look out, big spenders, because tickets for this event cost $2,700 each. [Washington Free Beacon]

    * After nearly three decades as chairman, Gary LeClair of LeClairRyan is stepping down and letting someone else take over — three someone elses, to be precise. The firm’s leadership structure is changing completely. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * A senior analyst at BrownGreer was the recent victim of a carjacking. He was forced by his assailant to lead police on a chase, and was later shot in the head. He was last listed as being in critical, but stable condition. We wish him well. [Richmond Times-Dispatch]

    42 Comments / / Nov 19, 2015 at 8:50 AM
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    Law Schools

    Student Found Bound And Gagged At Law School Faked Her Own Kidnapping

    What would you do to avoid having to take your final exams? Would you fake your own kidnapping?

    98 Comments / / Nov 18, 2015 at 12:01 PM
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    Law Schools

    Back In The Race: How Law School Scholarships Can Demonstrate Effective Lawyering Skills

    Employers should look at whether an applicant attended law school on scholarship and what types of scholarships or discounts she received.

    43 Comments / / Nov 18, 2015 at 11:25 AM